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I Got a Woman

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(Charles)


Information:
I Got a Woman was written and first recorded (using the title I've Got a Woman) by Ray Charles in 1954 at radio station WGST, on the grounds of Georgia Tech University in Atlanta. Charles based the tune on the gospel song My Jesus Is All the World I Need. His recording (Atlantic 1050) rose to #2 on Billboard's rhythm and blues chart in early 1955. Other popular recordings of I Got a Woman include those by Jimmy McGriff (Sue 770), a 1962 instrumental; Ricky Nelson (Decca 31475) in 1963; Freddie Scott (Colpix 709) in 1963; and Bob Luman (Epic 10755) in 1971. Both Charles and McGriff used the title I've Got a Woman.

 

Elvis sang I Got a Woman on the Louisiana Hayride and on tour in 1955. Some speculate that he recorded the song while at Sun Records, but no proof exists.

 

At 02:00 P.M. on January 10, 1956, Elvis recorded I Got a Woman at RCA's Nashville studios. It was his first recording for RCA. Musicians on the session were Elvis, Scotty Moore, Bill Black, D.J. Fontana, and Floyd Cramer. Backing vocals were by Gordon Stoker, Ben Speer, and Brock Speer. I Got a Woman appeared on Elvis's first LP, Elvis Presley, and later in 1956 was released as a single. It did not chart. In England, I Got a Woman was released on albums with the title I Got a Sweetie.

 

Elvis sang I Got a Woman on his first appearance on Stage Show (January 28, 1956). A performance of the song at Hampton Roads, Virginia, on April 9, 1972, was used in the documentary Elvis On Tour. I Got a Woman was a staple of Elvis's repertoire in the 1970s. He often sang it in a medley with Amen.

Lyrics:

1. Well, I've got a woman
way cross town
She's good to me oh, yeah
Say I've got a woman way cross town
She's good to me oh, yeah

She's good in the morning, loving me
Yeah, she's a kind of friend in need

I got a woman way cross town

She's good to me, oh yeah

She says she loves me early in the morning just for me, oh yeah

She says she loves me early in the morning just for me, oh yeah
She's good to lovin' just for me, yeah

You know she loves me so tenderly

I got a woman way cross town

She's good to me, oh yeah


She's there to love me both day and night
Never groans or fusses, just treats me right
Never running in the streets leaving me alone
She knows a woman's place is right there now in her home

1. (repeat)


Oh she's my baby, don't you understand I'm her lover man
I got a woman way over town, she's good to me, oh yeah
A don't ya know she's alright,she's alright, alright

I got a woman way over town good to me

Yeah


Where it was released
:

Released for the fist time on the album Elvis Presley »
 

Singles:

- I Got A Woman / I’m Counting On You (RCA 20-6637) September 1956. Standard 78 RPM release »

- I Got A Woman / I’m Counting On You (RCA 47-6637) September 1956. Standard 45 RPM release »

- Blue Suede Shoes / I’m Counting On You (RCA 47-6492) September 1956. Disc jockey “Record Prevue” (for Canada only).

- I Got A Woman / I’m Counting On You (RCA 447-0610) March 1959. Gold standard series reissue »

- I Got A Woman / I’m Counting On You (Collectables DPE1-1003 4503) December 1986.

 

EPs:

- Elvis Presley (RCA EPA-747) (1956) »

- Elvis Presley (RCA EPB-1254) (1956) »

- Elvis Presley (RCA SPD-22) (1956) »

- Elvis Presley (RCA SPD-23) (1956) »

- Elvis Presley – The Most Talked About New Personality in the Past Ten Years of Recorded Music (RCA EPB-1254) (1956) »

 

LPs/CDs:

- Elvis Presley (1956) »

- Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis (1974) »

- Pure Gold (1975) »

- Elvis In Concert (1977) »

- Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis (1977) »

- The Legendary Recordings of Elvis (1979) »

– Elvis Aron Presley (1980) »
Pure Gold (1980) »

- Collectors Gold (1991)

- The King of Rock’n’Roll – The Complete 50’s Masters (1992)

- Elvis 56 (1996)

- Classic Elvis (1997)

- Platinum – A Life in Music (1997)

- Raw Elvis (1997)

- Elvis Aron Presley (1998)

- A Golden Celebration (1998)

- A Touch of Platinum, Volume 1 (1998)

- Elvis Rockabilly – Millennium Masters (2000)

- Good Rockin’ Tonight (2000) – Music Mill

- Tucson '76 (2000) - FTD »

- Live and Unplugged (2000) – Laserlight

- That’s The Way It Is – Special Editon (2000)

- Hayrides and Gambling Halls (2001) - Sonotec

- Elvis; Elvis is Back; Elvis Presley (2001)

- The Way It Was (2001) - FTD »

- Rhythm and Blues (2001)

- Playing with Fire (2001) - Magnum

- 55 Recorded Live at the Louisiana Hayride (2001) – NMC

- Dixieland Rocks (2001) – FTD »
- It’s Midnight (2001) - FTD »

- The Hillbilly Cat (2001) - Magnum

- Live in Las Vegas (2001)

- L’Essentiel (2001)

- Elvis at the International (2002) – FTD »

- Today, Tomorrow and Forever (2002)

- The Elvis Broadcasts on Air (2002) - Cleopatra

- Dinner at Eight (2002) – FTD »

- Elvis Presley at the Louisiana Hayride / The Original Roots of Elvis Presley (2002) – Charly/Snapper

- Dragonheart (2003) – FTD »

- New Year’s Eve (2003) – FTD »

- Takin’ Tahoe Tonight! (2003) - FTD »

- Live at the Louisiana Hayride (2003) - Dynamic

- I Was the One (2003) - Janda

- Elvis 56 (2003)

- Closing Night (2004) – FTD »

- Polk Salad Annie (2004) - FTD »

- Elvis as Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis (2004) - FTD »

- All Shook Up (2005) – FTD

- Big Boss Man (2005) – FTD »

- Rockin' Across Texas (2005) - FTD »

- Elvis By The Presleys (2005)

- Elvis Presley (2005)

- All Shook Up (2005) - FTD »

- Summer Festival (2005) – FTD »

- I Found My Thrill (2006) - FTD »

- Elvis Presley (2006) – FTD »

- Let Yourself Go (2006) - FTD »

- Writing For the King (2006) - FTD »

- Live in L.A. (2007) – FTD »

- The Way It Was (2008) - FTD »

- America (2008) - FTD »

- Nevada Nights (2008) - FTD »

- Elvis in Person at the International Hotel, Las Vegas (2008) - FTD »

- I'll Remember You (2008) - FTD »

- Dixieland Delight (2009) - FTD »

- The Wonder of You (2009) »

- New Haven '76 (2009) - FTD »

- Rockin' Across Texas (2009) - FTD »

- A Minnesota Moment (2010) - FTD »

- High Sierra (2010) - FTD »

- Showtime! Birmingham/Dallas '76 (2010) - FTD »

- Elvis as Recorded at Boston Garden '71 (2010) - FTD »

- Chicago Stadium (2010) - FTD »

– Live in Las Vegas (2011) - FTD »

- Live in L.A. (2011) - FTD »

– 48 Hours to Memphis (2011) - FTD »

- Another Saturday Night (2012) - FTD »

– A Boy From Tupelo (2012) - FTD » 

– Sold Out! (2013) - FTD »

– Hot August Night (2013) - FTD »

– The On Stage Season (2013) - FTD »

– Elvis (2014) - FTD »

– Love Me Tender (2014) - FTD »

- The Return to Vegas (2014) - FTD »

- Rock Around the Bloch (2015) - FTD »

- Elvis in West Texas (2015) - FTD »

– Elvis in Alabama (2015) - FTD »

– Las Vegas 1975 (2016) - FTD »

- Taking Care of Business (2016) - FTD »

- Home Town Shows (2016) - FTD »
– Spirit of Jackson, MS (2016) - FTD »

– Las Vegas '74 (2017) - FTD »

– Lake Tahoe '74 (2017) - FTD »

– The Bicentennial Show (2017) - FTD »

– Murfreesboro '74 (2018) - FTD »

– Rebel With a Cause '56 (2018) - FTD »
– Omaha, Nebraska '74 (2018) - FTD »

Off-On Stage (2018) - FTD »

What Now My Love (2018) - FTD »

Holiday Season in Vegas (2018) - FTD »

For LP Fans Only (2018) - FTD »

The Wild One '56 (2018) - FTD »

 

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